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Calcite Mines/Slot Canyons Car Camp/BonFire


JUST FYI….this is disperse camping. NO WATER, BATHROOMS, etc. Bring what you need. But we are 11 mins from a Jack n Box/KFC in Ocotillo.

Option to visit two Slot Canyons.
Calcite Mines (Slots)
Slot Canyons of Anza Borrego
Sunset @ Fonts Point
Newbies welcome…come meet the group.

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate 6-8 miles Round Trip and +/-500′ elevation gain loss.

This is a Car Camp (camp near your car)

Calcite Mines
Calcite Mine is just under 4 miles long and located near Borrego Springs, California. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes 2-3 hours. You start off on the rough jeep trail down to a wash where you have the option to traverse through a slot canyon. Once to the mine area, you can explore various rock formations and hike up to the tiptop for a fantastic view of the Salton Sea and the surrounding badlands. On the way back, start out on the jeep track again and then venture the other way down the narrow canyon to meet back up with the original trail. This hike has a bit of everything! More Info>>

Slot of Anza Borrego
Simply named The Slot, this narrow siltstone canyon provides one of the most exciting hikes in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. This 0.8-mike trek is capped off with a passage beneath a gravity-defying rock span. This short hike has just 100 feet of elevation loss, but the memory will be much more profound.
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We will meet up in Borrego Springs at Christmas Circle rest stop, last place for restrooms. 730 Christmas Circle Borrego Springs, CA 92004 at 7:45

Then we will all caravan to the campsite.

Saturday Morning we will set-up camp half mile off the road near the Truckhaven Jeep Trail, 19 miles east of Borrego Springs. After setting up our tents we’ll take hike up to the Calcite Mines via the slots.

The hike should be around 6-8 miles with +/-500′ elevation gain loss.
We will be doing a little rock scrambling.

We can decide if we want to do Slot Canyons of Anza in the afternoon or Sunday Morning.



• Hiking boots or trail hikers

• Day pack for day hike

• Layered clothing for a cool night and potentially warm day

• Tent

• Sleeping bag and pad

• Cooking gear, cup, utensils

• Ten essentials; map, compass, light, extra food & water, extra clothing, fire starter, knife,

• first aid kit, sun protection & toilet paper

• Chair

• Anything that will make you comfortable.


Bring the kitchen, this will be a car camp.

We will have a bonfire, so if anyone has wood…bring it.

DISCLAIMER: Hike at your own risk. Be responsible for yourself and your safety. Make good decisions. With any trip, things can change, reservations can get lost, the unexpected can happen. A go-with-the-flow attitude is always a good thing, and most importantly, let’s all have fun! This is a moderate to intermediate hike. Make sure you are in good enough physical shape for the distance, elevation changes, and terrain. The hike leaders in this group aren’t professional hike leaders. By signing up for these events, you agree not to hold the Meetup organizers responsible for whatever happens to you on these events. The hiking group does not certify the expertise of the organizers, the event or assistant organizers (hike leaders) and…We are NOT responsible for any possible losses or injuries.

March 23 2024


Start: March 23 @ 7:30 am
End: March 24 @ 12:30 pm
Hiking Group:
RSVP: Visit Meetup Website


Christmas Circle

730 Christmas Circle, Borrego Springs, CA 92004
Borrego Springs,CAUS

+ Google Map


San Diego Backpackers
Website: Visit Organizer Website


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